Langston Writing Workshop Meets at Denver Law

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Denver Law was home to the Fourth Annual Langston Writing Workshop on July 11 thru 13, 2013. Twenty-four participants, African American male law professors from across the nation, presented scholarship and discussed recruitment and retention issues within the profession.

The Workshop is named for John Mercer Langston. Born in Virginia in 1829, Langston graduated from Oberlin College in 1849. Denied entry to law school, Langston Langston2 for webpagebbread the law and in 1854 became Ohio’s first black lawyer. In 1868, he organized the law department at Howard University, and he became Virginia’s first African American U.S. Representative in 1888. Langston, Oklahoma, home to Langston University, is named for him.

This year’s Langston Writing Workshop kicked off with a Thursday evening reception, where the Langston scholars met members of the local Sam Cary Bar Association as well as faculty and staff from the University of Denver and its law school. Meetings followed the reception and filled Friday and Saturday. A dinner in downtown Denver capped three busy and productive days.

“This conference has always had intellectual rigor,” said Frank Rudy Cooper, Suffolk University Law School professor and one of the principal organizers of the Langston Workshop. “This year, thanks to great hosting by theLangston3 for webstory University of Denver Sturm College of Law, the camaraderie at the workshop reached its high point.”

Denver Law Associate Dean Catherine Smith said, “It was an honor to host Langston at DU. We hope to host similar workshops in our attempts to support each participant and to diversify the ranks of law professors. It is important that the leaders in our classrooms reflect the diversity in our country. This is a particular challenge for us at DU Law where, though we have 80 full-time faculty, we do not have a single African-American male faculty-member.” -rw

Participants in the Fourth Annual Langston Writing Workshop:

Bret Asbury, Drexel University Earl Mack School of Law

Mario Barnes, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Frank Rudy Cooper, Suffolk University School of Law

Charlton Copeland, University of Miami School of Law

Mitch Crusto, Loyola University New Orleans School of Law

Jonathan Glater, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Michael Z. Green, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

Justin Hansford, Saint Louis University School of Law

Vinay Harpalani, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Areto Imoukhuede, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center

H. Timothy Lovelace, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Sheldon Bernard Lyke, Whittier Law School

Aman McLeod, University of Idaho College of Law

Spencer Overton, The George Washington University Law School

Ngai Pindell, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

Cedric Merlin Powell, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Kindaka Sanders, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Kenya JH Smith, Phoenix School of Law

Terry Smith, DePaul College of Law

Ben Spencer, Washington & Lee University School of Law

Christopher J. Tyson, Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center

Carlton Waterhouse, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Prentice White, Southern University Law Center

Kevin Woodson Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law

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